Concrete rose

by Thomas, Angie,

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Summary

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there's one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it's that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad's in prison.

Life's not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav's got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he's a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it's not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he's offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he's expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he's different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He'll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thomas delivers a poignant prequel to The Hate U Give (2017) with Concrete Rose, set 17 years prior. Seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is the son of a former gang member who, nevertheless, follows the same path, selling drugs for the King Lords to help his mom with bills while his dad is in jail. He thinks he has everything figured out until fatherhood stares him in the face in the form of baby Seven. Maverick comes to realize that there's so much more to life that can be lost now that Seven needs him. Then, someone close to Maverick is murdered, leaving him with more hard choices to make. He must define duty, family, and loyalty for himself and figure out if he will--or even can-- leave gang life for good. Thomas already delivered a dynamic, rich character with Maverick as Star's father in The Hate You Give (THUG). This insightful novel lets readers see Maverick as a teen himself and walk a mile in his shoes, before and during his evolution into the man, father, and husband that he is in THUG. Maverick's story is one that offers hope, encouragement, and optimism, and it shows those going through difficult times of their own that they can take control of their own destiny.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: THUG fans--and there are a lot--will relish the chance to dig into Maverick's teenage experiences and meet Thomas at one of her many virtual events."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this prequel to The Hate U Give, Thomas delves into the upbringing of Maverick Carter, the father of THUG's protagonist, Starr. Mav is one of the subordinates ("li'l homies") of neighborhood gang the King Lords and the son of one of the gang's incarcerated OGs. At 17, Mav and his hotheaded best friend, King--both responsible for recruiting and initiating new members and dealing weed for the King Lords--have begun slinging harder drugs on the side, under the gang leaders' noses. Risking hard time like his father or death like King's dad by leading a double life, Mav soon finds himself in over his head when he discovers he's fathered a child by King's off-and-on girlfriend, who promptly abandons the baby to his care. Convincingly detailing the journey of a young Black man growing into fatherhood, Thomas brings her trademark wit, nostalgic love of the 1990s and all things R&B and hip-hop, and her penchant for heartfelt characterization to this first-person exploration of Maverick Carter's coming-of- age. Through its portrayal of loss and upheaval, this story acts as a tender love letter to a close Black family and community--one that isn't without problems but is always full of love. Ages 14--up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Fiction.
African American teenagers -- Fiction.
African American teenage boys -- Fiction.
Teenage fathers -- Fiction.
Children of prisoners -- Fiction.
Gangs -- Fiction.
Urban fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 360 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9780062846716
006284671X
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